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Review: 'Just Too Big' Is a Monumental Love Letter to Musical Theater

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 13 August 2021 17:20 |

The concept behind “Just Too Big!” the magnificent new show at Saugatuck Center for the Arts is simple enough: it’s a collection of musical numbers from Broadway shows that are too big to produce on the Mason Street Warehouse stage. 

Review: SpongeBob the Musical is an Ocean of Joy and Talent

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 13 August 2021 13:55 |

“SpongeBob,” Barn Theatre producer Brendan Ragotzy chanted from his curtain speech at the start of every show this season to the refrain at his behest from the audience, “is for everyone!”

Don't Stop Dancing: Atelier Dance Company

Written by Michaela Stock | Tuesday, 03 August 2021 17:03 |

It’s a story dancers live over and over again: They fall in love with dance at a young age (through the obligatory three-year-old ballet class everyone takes, of course) and train throughout their entire childhood, only to part ways with their passion to choose a profession.

The Vagrancy to Debut Blossoming 2021 Series

Written by John Kissane | Tuesday, 03 August 2021 17:00 |

The trailer for The Vagrancy’s 2016 production of Macbeth presents three figures — lovely but feral, they are more than women; they are witches, restored through expert lighting, fine sound design, and powerful choreography to their rightful place, which is in our nightmares.

Review: ‘Cabaret’ Brings Out the Best Circle Theatre Has to Offer

Written by John Kissane | Thursday, 29 July 2021 15:08 |

In “Signs and Symbols,” Vladimir Nabokov wrote of Aunt Rosa, “a fussy, angular, wild-eyed old lady, who had lived in a tremulous world of bad news, bankruptcies, train accidents, cancerous growths — until the Germans put her to death, together with all the people she had worried about.”

Review: Barn Theatre’s ‘9 to 5’ Is A Cathartic, Joyful Musical

Written by Marin Heinritz | Friday, 09 July 2021 11:43 |

Is there a place in the post #metoo cultural moment for a workplace comedy in which the narrative builds around a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” of a boss who runs roughshod over his female employees, inspiring both imagined and real revenge fantasies that involve poisoning, shooting, and stringing him up?

Review: 'Shout! The MOD Musical' Is a Triumphant Return of Live Theater

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 05 July 2021 12:59 |

Live theater is back, and at Mason Street Warehouse/Saugatuck Center for the Arts, it’s outside at the lakeshore, and everything we could hope for.

July 2021 Arts Calendar

Written by Revue Staff | Thursday, 01 July 2021 17:01 |

Last year, the arts world spent most of the summer trying to figure out what to do next. In 2021, a majority of organizations are managing to make something work, whether it’s being done safely in-person or virtually, for now. 

Taking Initiative

Written by John Kissane | Thursday, 01 July 2021 16:58 |

Maryjo Lemanski, visual artist, had been thinking about what to do after the world opened up again; not only what she would do, but what the community would do.

The UICA Returns

Written by Michaela Stock | Thursday, 01 July 2021 16:57 |

The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art has found a new home downtown Grand Rapids, leaving behind its spacious 2 Fulton location for a charming and historic change. Though only a few blocks away on 17 Pearl Street, the new building will bring about massive shifts for the UICA. 

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